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The Classic RAIN Hamcast is a podcast about ham radio produced biweekly since Sept. 2019 by Hap Holly KC9RP, a blind ham. It followed after the final episode of The RAIN Report. The official web site is https://therainreport.com



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This is the RAIN Hamcast Podcast #81, posted 12-10-22. Introduced by Kent Peterson, KC0DGY. [The running time for this RAIN Hamcast Podcast is 13M22S with Echolink and AllStar timer resets every 3 minutes, starting at 3M] "When the Archive had this new project they were working on this Digital Library of Amateur Radio, this sounded perfect for me because I know how to use the tools, and I'm very interested in ham radio...seemed like a dream job." The thoughts of Kay Savetz, K6KJN,...
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Source: https://anchor.fm/alanson-p-holly/episodes/Digital-Library-of-Amateur-Radio-e1s3c15
Otis Vicens, NP4G, From Puerto Rico to Bouvet - Part 1 This is the RAIN Hamcast Podcast #78, posted 10-29-22. Voiced by Eric Guth, 4Z1UG and Will Rogers, K5WLR. [The running time for this RAIN Hamcast Podcast is 18M37S with timer resets at approximately every 3M] Otis Vicens, NP4G grew up in Puerto Rico with an appreciation for radio, a love of learning, and a career in orthodontics. In January, 2023 Otis will be one of the crew members headed for Bouvet Island as part of the 3Y0J dxpedition....
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This is the medical industry's worst nightmare...an inexpensive cure for an expensive illness. - Wayne Green/W2NSD This is the RAIN Hamcast Podcast #75, posted 09-03-2022. Voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. [The running time for this RAIN Hamcast Podcast is 17M7S with a station ID break at 8M15S. There are 10-second breaks to reset Echo Link and All Star timers at 2-45, 5-28, 8-15, 11-30, and 14-40.] Are you familiar with the name Wayne Green? Wayne was the outspoken publisher of '73' magazine from...
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The Collins 821A-1: A VOA Powerhouse (Dennis Kidder/W6DQ) - Part 2 This is the RAIN hamcast #69, posted 06-11-22. Introduced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. [The running times for this RAIN Hamcast Podcast is 17M04S with a 10-second ID break at 08M02S ; ten-second pause for Echolink and Allstar timer resets at 2-39, 5-27, 8-11, 11-02, 13-57 and 16-01.] In 1964, the Voice of America (VOA) commissioned Collins Radio to build three of its largest transmitters. The 821-A1 was capable of transmitting an...
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This is CLASSIC RAIN #8 for Nov. 8, 2019. Harry Dannals, W2HD is considered by many as the Father of No Code. He was licensed in 1946 at age 19. Harry's accomplishments include: 1993 DARA Ham of the Year; Lifetime President Emeritus for serving as President of both the ARRL (American Radio Relay League) from 1972-1982; and later President of QCWA, the Quarter Century Wireless Assoc. from 1989-1994. (It was QCWA's proposal that resulted in today's No Code Technician license;) recognition for 70...
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This is ClassicRAIN#32, posted Jan. 9, 2021; voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. During the middle 1980s-1990s Angelo Polvere/KA9CSO was A highly respected member of the BEAR (Broadcast Employees Amateur Repeater) in the northwest Chicago suburb of Schaumburg. In those years Angelo was the mayor of Inverness, the Chicago suburb in which he still resides today. In the 90s you may have read his short skhetches in '73' magazine called the BEAR-ography. These were short profiles of fellow BEAR club...
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This is ClassicRAIN#13 for January 17, 2020. Relations between the U.S. Amateur Service and the Federal Communications Commission soured considerably in the late 1980s in the wake of the Commission's reallocation of the bottom two mHz of the 220-225 MHz Amateur band. Many felt the FCC was literally auctioning spectrum off to the highest bidder. And in fact, according to Ben Kobb/KC5CW, Founder and Publisher of the Federal Communications Tech News in Washington D.C., it would have liked to have...
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Welcome to Classic RAIN Hamcast #34, posted Feb. 6, 2021; voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. Not many folks can work for a government agency and leave a legacy as did Ralph Haller/N4RH. Accomplishments resulting from his 20-plus years working for the Federal Communications Commission included: Implementing the Vanity call sign system for the U.S. Amateur Radio Service; introducing the first volunteer amateur exams to the Dayton Hamvention; getting frequency coordination for VHF/UHF Amateur Radio...
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This is RAIN Hamcast podcast #67: Hamfests, A 1993 Oren Brand/K9KEJ Commentary [a 05-18-12 RAIN Replay] posted 05-16-22[, introduced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. The running times is 11M55S with 10-second timer resets at 02M52S and 05M47S; an ID break 08M52S. The script for this RAIN Hamcast Podcast was read for the 05-18-12 RAIN Report by former RAIN reader Larry Miglore/KB9DIP. It read as follows: "From the darkened studios of the Radio Amateur Information Network I'm Larry Miglore/KB9DIP. The...
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If I Could Hear What You See - Part 1 This is the RAIN hamcast #60, posted 02-05-22. Running Time: 18M10S with a break after 09M26S. Voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. For over three decades Hap Holly/KC9RP produced the RAIN Report for the Amateur Radio Service. In the summer of 2019 Hap shelved his RAIN Report citing ‘burn out’ as a result of producing a weekly audio hamcast since 1990. Two months later, however, Hap was bitten once again by the ‘edit’ bug, resulting in what is now the RAIN...
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If I Could Hear What You See - Part 2 This is the RAIN hamcast #61, posted 02-19-22. Running Time: 18M40S with a break after 08M49S. Voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. (Audio Insert) The voice of RAIN's Founder&Producer, Hap Holly/KC9RP, expressing his regret cajoling YouTube content creator Tom Shimizu/N9JDI into adding video to the RAIN Hamcast podcasts. In the fall of 2021 Hap saughtthe expansion of the RAIN Hamcast listenership by adding a static video element to the RAIN Report channel on...
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Otis Vicens, NP4G, From Puerto Rico to Bouvet - Part 2 Playing times: 19 minutes, 52 seconds with an i.d. break after 9-52.There are 5-second breaks for Echolink and Allstar approximately every 2 minutes, 50 seconds. This is the RAIN Hamcast Podcast #79, posted 11-12-22. Voiced by Eric Guth, 4Z1UG and Will Rogers, K5WLR. "Theyve been working on this for two or three years; we can't wait to get to the ship." The words of Otis Vicens, NP4G, a Puerto Rican ham who is scheduled to...
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This is the RAIN Hamcast Podcast #80, posted 11-26-22. Voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. [The running time for this RAIN Hamcast Podcast is 10M3S with timer resets at 3, 6, and 9M] Will Rogers, K5WLR continues the thread we followed the last two RAIN Hamcast Podcasts about the upcoming January, 2023 DXpedition to Bouvet Island. It seemed logical to take a look at hamcationing closer to home in the Caribbean. Imagine: You're relaxing on a Caribbean Island, enjoying a cocoloco. The warm, prevailing...
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Source: https://anchor.fm/alanson-p-holly/episodes/Hamcationing-in-the-Caribbean-e1rc3ud
Weather’s effects on VHF/UHF communications (Gordan West/WB6NOA) This is the RAIN Hamcast Podcast #73, posted 08-06-22. Voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. [The running time for this RAIN Hamcast Podcast is 21M36S with an ID breaks at 09M59S and 19-24 with timer resets at 2-43, 5-42, 8-44, 13-07 and 21-36] While propagation on the Amateur Radio HF bands (those below 30 mHz) is subject to the rise and fall of solar activity, the VHF/UHF bands (those 50 mHz and up) are influenced by the weather here...
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This is Classic RAIN #11 for Dec. 21, 2019. Producing audio programming for airing at Christmas time is a challenge. And so it was all those years Hap Holly/KC9RP produced the RAIN Report (from 1990-2019). The best holiday edition of the RAIN Report was aired 1996. It was voiced by Angelo Polvere/KA9CSO, a familiar voice in Chicago in the 80s and 90s serving as net control for local VHF/UHF on-air special-event nets as well as narrating occasional RAIN Reports like this one from 1996. It...
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This is CLASSIC RAIN #7 for Oct. 25, 2019. Here's a trivia question for you: Who is the only ham to be awarded lifetime President Emeritus for his presidency of both the American Radio Relay League (ARRL)from 1972-1982; and QCWA, the Quarter Century Wireless Assoc. from 1989-1994? Here's a clue: QCWA recognized this ham for 70 years of service to Amateur Radio in 2016. He's Harry Dannals/W2HD, a long-time resident of Charlottesville, Virginia now in his ...73rd... year as a ham. Incidentally,...
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This is Classic RAIN ham cast #23 posted July 11, 2020, voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. Last time we brought you the first of two excerpts from a rare 1988 audio interview with Amateur Radio pioneer, Leo Meyerson/W0GFQ. This time we conclude Glenn Baxter/K1MAN's conversation with Leo. [1988 P2 14M] Quoting from a 2011 obituary about this ham radio legend, published by the ARRL, the national organization: for Amateur Radio: "For his contributions to Amateur Radio Meyerson was named the 1997...
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NOTE NOT FOR AIR: We’re conducting an experiment that may affect you whether you’re narrow-casting this audio service on simplex or on a network that requires frequent pauses to reset shorter timers. Which of the following would you find most useful: (1) the ‘customary’ 10-second ID break at the halfway point; or (2) both the 10-second ID break at the halfway point AND a shorter pause every three minutes for network timer reset. We’ll check the stats after another week. You'll hear...
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This is Classic RAIN 3: ; Here in CLASSICRAIN3 you'll hear a special report that was filed by 220 Notes News Letter Editor, Art Reis/K9XI that will bring back painful memories to our long-time 220 enthusiasts; and we'll hear some tips on good repeater operating practices that are just as valid today as they were when these were voiced 30 years ago. In 1985 a Chicago-area repeater known as the BEAR, (the Broadcast Employees Amateur Repeater) became Chicago's most listened to machine Wednesday...
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NOTE NOT FOR AIR: For the next several RAIN Hamcast podcasts we’re conducting an experiment that may affect you whether you’re narrow-casting this audio service on simplex or a network that requires frequent pauses to reset shorter timers. Your preference will determine whether we continue with just the “customary” 10-second ID break before the ten-minute mark; or the six-second “timer reset” pause every three minutes. You’ll need to choose one of two RAIN podcast options: either...
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This is Classic RAIN #18 released May 1, 2020; introduced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. Where were you on Friday, April 29, 1988? RAIN's Founder/Producer, Hap Holly/KC9RP, (along with thousands of others) was attending the 1988 Dayton Hamvention...his first. In those years the Hamvention was held at the Hara arena, both inside and out, often in rather wintery weather. After getting back from his first 3-day ham "show of shows", Hap filed the following audio report for the Chicago-based BEAR...
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This is RAIN Classic hamcast #38, posted April 3, 2021; voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. Back in February RAIN's Founder & Producer, Hap Holly/KC9RP, was interviewed by Christian Cudnik/K0STH, the ham behind the 100 Watts and a Wire podcast. This was the first interview given by Hap in years; his first video ever. This week we present the conclusion (our second excerpt) from that hour-plus YouTube video conversation. {2021 18.56/19.19M} You can catch this rare, hour-plus audio/video...
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This is RAIN Classic hamcast #40, posted May 1, 2021, and voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. Back in January the St. Louis and Suburban Radio Club sponsored Winter Fest 2021, which featured seven audio/video forums posted on YouTube. In February we excerpted from the Parks on the Air forum talk given by Mat Heere/N3NWV. This week we'll bring you our second and final excerpt from another Winter Fest 2021 forum, this one about Amateur Radio satellite Basics, given by Sean Kutzko/KX9X. A resident now of...
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This is RAIN Hamcast, RH#59, posted 01-22-22; voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. Until recently, holding a technician class ham license could be a frustrating experience. Then along came Anthony Luscre/K8ZT, whose instructional materials target the new ham on one website, ZTLearn.com. After Anthony retired from teaching computer instruction to teachers and students alike, he began producing instructional ham radio videos. Here's our second excerpt from "Technician Licensees: Life Beyond the...
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This is the RAIN hamcast #53, posted 10-30-2021 on therainreport.com and on the YouTube RAIN Report channel (see link on therainreport.com’s main menu. we're digging into RF grounding, something EVERY ham needs to take seriously, especially if you're in an area proned to frequent lightning strikes. RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP recently spoke with Jim Hull/W9JGH, who has battled local and atmospheric noise for years in his suburban Chicago home until he got his ground system right. Jim was first...
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This is Classic RAIN Hamcast #28 posted Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. We thank you for your patience the past umpteen weeks while we worked through some computer issues. This week we go back to 1988 for three excerpts from the BEAR Information Service, produced by Hap Holly/KC9RP prior to the RAIN Report that he authored from 1990 to 2019. Our first piece is a commentary Doug Weed/N3AIA read about Canada's proposal to reallocate part of the 440 amateur band. Have you ever thought of learning morse...
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This is ClassicRAIN#29, posted Nov. 28, 2020. Those of us who are now retired, including RAIN Founder, Hap Holly/KC9RP, are experiencing what longevity means, i.e. seeing our friends in and out of ham radio becoming silent keys. One such friend and mentor who passed this fall was Ken Piletic/W9ZMR. Ken was known in the greater Chicago area for having faithfully maintained the mid western phone line service for decades for the Amateur Radio Newsline as far back as the early 80s when it was known...
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This is Classic RAIN, archives from the RAIN Report that were never posted. Once these Classic episodes are uploaded to therainreport.com like this one, they'll remain on the opening screen until the next upload. So the Classic RAIN *CR* archive will have its own, separate archive. Here in CL1 we're going to take you back 30 years to 1989. Controversy raged then as it does today as to what needs to be done to keep the U.S. Amateur Radio Service viable. See what your thoughts are when you hear...
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The running times for RAIN Hamcast podcast #64 is 16M30S/06M22S; timer pauses: 03M38S, 06M22S, 09M26S, 12M21S, 15M19S. This is RAIN Hamcast podcast #64 for April 2, 2022, “He Built A Better Mouse Trap” Voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. What were you doing when you were age 20? Tony Berg/K9ASB was delivering pizzas in the Chicago areain the early 80's, not a very promising future doing that. Little did he or anyone else know then that some years later Tony would apply his work ethic and enginuity...
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This is RAIN hamcast #49, voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR, and posted 09-04-2021 on therainreport.com and on the Youtube RAIN Report channel (see link on therainreport.com’s main menu.) What kind of propagational changes occur in the D layer in the winter vs. the summer? How does propagation affect vertical vs. horizontal HF antennas? Do lunar or solar eclipses affect HF propagation? These questions and more are answered in this final excerpt from a conversation RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP had with...
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This is ClassicRAIN#14 for January 31, 2020. Whether you live in the city or out in the country, you probably have found woodpeckers nesting in some of the strangest places; but none so strange as your HF receivers. There you'll find woodpeckers that don't sound like any others. Over-the-horizon woodpeckers were a real pest in the 80s. Bob Horavitz made a study of these high tech woodpeckers during the 80s. At the time Bob was Executive Secretary for ANARC, the Association of North American...
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This is Classic RAIN hamcast #36, posted March 6, 2021 and voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. Just a quick note that an audio/video interview of RAIN Founder, Hap Holly/KC9RP, is available on YouTube. Hap was interviewed for 100 Watts & A Wire podcast by Christian Cudnik/K0STH, Feb. 22. It's a rare 1-hour 13-minute personal look at Hap's 37 years of hamcasting. Have you ever dreamed of attending a Hamfest without leaving your ham shack? Stop dreaming! March 13&14 are the dates for the QSO...
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This is RAIN hamcast #46,voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR, and posted 07-24-21 on therainreport.com and now on The RAIN Report page on YouTube.com. For many the installation of residential solar power has been met with mixed results. On one hand its solar pannels can provide a welcome respite from the local electrical grid; on the other, the close proximity of such a residential system often generates major radio frequency interference (RFI) across the HF spectrum. One Arizona ham who has found the...
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This is CLASSICRAIN#5: During the 30 years Hap Holly/KC9RP produced the RAIN Report, he encountered hundreds of ham radio commentaries - after all commentaries are like 'butts' everyone has one! Hap shared some of these op-ed pieces with his RAIN listeners over the years-like these three: The first was written and voiced by Jack Schmidling /NR9Q, a net control station in the late 80'S for the Amateur Radio Forum on 3950 kHZ (80 meters). 9:00 PM Central time Thursdays back in the late 80's. Jack...
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This is the RAIN hamcast #54, posted 11-13-2021 on therainreport.com and on the YouTube RAIN Report channel (see link on therainreport.com’s main menu. Have you ever had the chance to participate in an Amateur Radio census? Well now you can! The Maryland ham making this possible is Jim Alyanak/K3MRI. Quoting from his QRZ bio "In high school I was the newspaper and yearbook photographer. In college, while studying both Physics and Communications, photography was my source of income....
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Radio for the Rest of Us - Part 2 This is the RAIN hamcast #72, posted 07-23-22 and voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. [The running time for this RAIN Hamcast Podcast is 27M7S with ID breaks at 09M01S and 17M10S. 10-second Echo Link and All Star timer resets at 2-50, 5-50, 09-01 (ID), 11-40, 14-30, 17-07 (ID), 20-24 and 23-03.] “People feel closer to their neighbors in their community; they get to know them better than they ever did before they had these radios." These are the words of Alan...
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This is the RAIN hamcast #56, posted 12-11-2021 on therainreport.com and on the YouTube RAIN Report channel (see link on therainreport.com’s main menu); voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. When you were knee high to a grasshopper, did you undergo a game-changing experience that shaped your future career? Tomas Hood/NW7US did. Tomas has been a short wave enthusiast since 1973. He was first licensed as a ham in 1990 at age 25. In the mid 1990s Tomas launched the first civilian space weather...
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This is Classic RAIN #17 for April 18, 2020, introduced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. In 1974 RAIN's Founder, Hap Holly/KC9RP, was graduated from Principia College in southern Illinois. One of his classmates was Rick Dearborn/N1CKU. Rick went on to become Radio Operations Manager for WCSN, an international 500 KW shortwave juggernaut, owned at the time by the Christian Science Publishing Society in Boston, MASS. Hap caught up with Rick at the 1988 Dayton Hamvention. [1988 10M] WCSN transmitted 500...
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This is ClassicRAIN ham cast [CR26] posted Aug. 23, 2020; introduced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. This week we conclude our second excerpt from an interview conducted earlier this year with Riley Hollingsworth/K4ZDH, the most communicative and personable bureaucrat RAIN Founder, Hap Holly/KC9RP, had the pleasure of speaking with during Hap's 30 years (1990-2020) Hap served as Director of the RAIN Report. During the 1990s Riley was special Counsel for Amateur Radio Enforcement for the Federal...
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This is Classic RAIN #10 for Dec. 7, 2019. Imagine paying a $5.00 fee to license your cell phone, pager, ham transceiver or CB radio! And if you were caught not licensing these devices with your state, you'd possibly pay a fine or serve time in prisson. In 1989 it was no joke in Illinois, especially to state Senator William Shaw, 34th District. Shaw wanted to license CB radios, beepers and cellular phones in Illinois thirty years ago!. Why, you ask? Hap Holly/KC9RP spoke to Shaw for some...
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This is Classic RAIN hamcast #37, posted March 20, 2021; voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. Several weeks ago RAIN's Founder Producer, Hap Holly/KC9RP, was interviewed by Christian Cudnik/K0STH, the ham behind the 100 Watts and a Wire podcast. you can count on one hand the number of audio interviews Hap has given since he passed his novice test in 1965. This was the first interview given by Hap in years; his first video one ever. This week you'll hear the first of two excerpts from that 73-minute...
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This is Classic RAIN #19 released May 16, 2020, introduced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. As we edge closer to summer in the United States there will be opportunities for ham radio to provide logistical and communications support for public service events--Covid19 notwithstanding. One of the earliest audio productions RAIN Founder, Hap Holly/KC9RP, pieced together consisted of two presentations dealing with organizing and handling communications for a public service event. In Chicago's northwest suburbs...
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This is ClassicRAIN ham cast #21, posted June 13, 2020, introduced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. Last time we presented the first of two excerpts from a 2019 presentation by ham radio's cheer-leader, Gordon West/WB6NOA, voiced for QSOToday, a weekly ham cast produced by Israeli ham Eric Guth/4Z1UG. This is our second excerpt from Gordo's entertaining story. 2019 P2 20M). To hear Gordo's entire hour-long story, go to qsotoday.com and play episode 264. (Audio courtesy of QSOToday). The ClassicRAIN ham...
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This is CLASSIC RAIN #8 for Nov. 8, 2019. Harry Dannals, W2HD is considered by many as the Father of No Code. He was licensed in 1946 at age 19. Harry's accomplishments include: 1993 DARA Ham of the Year; Lifetime President Emeritus for serving as President of both the ARRL (American Radio Relay League) from 1972-1982; and later President of QCWA, the Quarter Century Wireless Assoc. from 1989-1994. (It was QCWA's proposal that resulted in today's No Code Technician license;) recognition for 70...
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This is ClassicRAIN ham cast #25, posted August 9, 2020; introduced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. During his thirty years as the Producer of The RAIN Report, Hap Holly/KC9RP interviewed a number of noteworthy hams, including Riley Hollingsworth/K4ZDH, the most communicative and personable bureaucrat Hap had the pleasure of speaking with during the 80s to the early 2000s. Riley left his mark as a special Counsel for Amateur Radio Enforcement with the Federal Communications Commission. This week we'll...
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Welcome to Classic RAIN Hamcast #34, posted Feb. 6, 2021; voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. Not many folks can work for a government agency and leave a legacy as did Ralph Haller/N4RH. Accomplishments resulting from his 20-plus years working for the Federal Communications Commission included: Implementing the Vanity call sign system for the U.S. Amateur Radio Service; introducing the first volunteer amateur exams to the Dayton Hamvention; getting frequency coordination for VHF/UHF Amateur Radio...
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This is Classic RAIN #11 for Dec. 21, 2019. Producing audio programming for airing at Christmas time is a challenge. And so it was all those years Hap Holly/KC9RP produced the RAIN Report (from 1990-2019). The best holiday edition of the RAIN Report was aired 1996. It was voiced by Angelo Polvere/KA9CSO, a familiar voice in Chicago in the 80s and 90s serving as net control for local VHF/UHF on-air special-event nets as well as narrating occasional RAIN Reports like this one from 1996. It...
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This is ClassicRAIN ham cast #22, posted June 27, 2020. During the years Hap Holly/KC9RP produced his RAIN Reports (1990-2019) he interview some of the movers and shakers of Amateur Radio. One he regretably missed was Leo Meyerson/W0GFQ. Meyerson put Council Bluffs, Iowa on the map with his World Radio Labs, distributor of ham gear by Globe and Galaxy. The late Glenn Baxter/K1MAN spoke with Leo in 1988. [1988 P1 13M] We'll conclude this interview with Amateur Radio pioneer, Leo Meyerson next...
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The Collins 821A-1: Collins' Largest a.m. broadcast Shortwave Transmitter (Dennis Kidder/W6DQ) [part 1] 05-28-22 "In 1964 Voice of America decided to go to Collins and have them manufacture the 821-A1, a 250KW AM broadcast shortwave transmitter." Thus began a virtual presentation, by Dennis Kidder/W6DQ, given during the August, 2020 Ham Radio Expo. Dennis is a published author/speaker, and member of the CCA, Collins Collectors Association. We have two excerpts from Dennis's virtual...
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This is ClassicRAIN ham cast #24, posted July 25, 2020. In this Classic RAIN Ham cast we'll bring you three audio items all from 1988. The first is a short 1988 interview with Jim O'Connell/W9WU. OConnell is a Chicago trial attorney, who, over the years, has represented many midwest hams in antenna litigation; a conversation between W9WU and Hap Holly/KC9RP. The second piece of this trilogy is a guest commentary written and voiced by former RAIN script reader, Angelo Polvere/KA9CSO about the...
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This is RAIN Classic hamcast #42, posted May 29, 2021 and voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. Janis Carson/AB2RA has been a licensed ham since 1959. Today she's known for her restoration of older tube-type ham equipment and her involvement with the FCC. Janis was interviewed in February, 2020 by Eric Guth/4Z1UG for his QSO Today podcast. [2020 P1 14.52/07.40] The RAIN Classic Hamcast is produced by its founder & Producer, Hap Holly/KC9RP; it’s copyright 1985 - 2021 RAIN All rights reserved. RAIN...
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THIS is Classic RAIN #4. For the 30 years Hap Holly/KC9RP produced the RAIN Report, he borrowed liberally from the dozens of forums held each year at the Dayton Hamvention in Dayton, Ohio. Occasionally Hap featured talks from the DARA(Dayton Amateur Radio Association. banquet during the 90's. Held in downtown Dayton Saturday night during the Hamvention each year , several hams were awarded what many called the "Oscars of Amateur Radio" by DARA. Here in our 4th Classic RAIN episode...
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This is RAIN hamcast #48, voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR, and posted 08-21-2021 on both therainreport.com and on the YouTube RAIN Report channel (see link on therainreport.com’s main menu.) A popular subject discussed on ham radio today is solar cycle 25...when will it peak? How will it compare to the rather lack-luster cycle we’ve just been through? etc. But we need to put the horse before the cart i.e. what spacial factors determine whether 20 meters will stay open late tonight or whether...
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This is RAIN Classic hamcast #41, posted May 15, 2021; voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. Last summer Dave Minster/NA2AA became the CEO of the ARRL in Newington, CT. "David Who"? you ask? In this RAIN Classic Hamcast we'll learn just who he is and what his thoughts are about the League, its members, and future. The following is a virtual talk Dave Minster gave to the QSO Today virtual ham convention in May. [2021 19.02/09.57]. David's talk was one of more than 50 virtual presentations given...
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This is RAIN hamcast #49, voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR, and posted 09-04-2021 on therainreport.com and on the Youtube RAIN Report channel (see link on therainreport.com’s main menu.) What kind of propagational changes occur in the D layer in the winter vs. the summer? How does propagation affect vertical vs. horizontal HF antennas? Do lunar or solar eclipses affect HF propagation? These questions and more are answered in this final excerpt from a conversation RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP had with...
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This is the RAIN hamcast #57, posted 12-25-2021 on therainreport.com and on RAIN Hamcast on YouTube. voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. (audio insert) That's the voice of Tomas Hood/NW7US, the author of many writings about space weather and effects of solar activity the past 20-plus years. Tomas has been a short wave enthusiast since 1973, a ham operator since 1990, and is a United States Army Signal Corps veteran today. He launched the first civilian space weather propagation website, HFRadio.org,...
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Radio for the Rest of Us Running times: 02-58, 06-06, 09-03 (the ID break), 11-41, and 14-41.Total playing time is 17M11S. This is RAIN hamcast #71 posted 07-09-22; voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. "Is our hobby relevant to most people in our communities?" That's a question posed by Alan Thompson/W6WN. Alan is Public Information Officer for the El Dorado county Amateur Radio club in northern California. According to Alan, his Neighborhood Radio Watch program has about 400 Members in El...
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The Collins 821A-1: A VOA Powerhouse (Dennis Kidder/W6DQ) - Part 2 This is the RAIN hamcast #69, posted 06-11-22. Introduced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. [The running times for this RAIN Hamcast Podcast is 17M04S with a 10-second ID break at 08M02S ; ten-second pause for Echolink and Allstar timer resets at 2-39, 5-27, 8-11, 11-02, 13-57 and 16-01.] In 1964, the Voice of America (VOA) commissioned Collins Radio to build three of its largest transmitters. The 821-A1 was capable of transmitting an...
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This is RAIN Hamcast podcast #66: The Man Behind RAIN (Hap Holly, KC9RP)- Part 2 posted 04-30-22, voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. [The total running times for this RAIN Hamcast Podcast is 18M17S; ID break: 08M43S; All Star/Echolink timer resets: 02M54S, 05M49S, 11M35S, 14M29S, 17M17S Podcasts abound by the thousands!--Well, to be accurate 2.8 million! Everything from Aardvark Agenda(spelled with two As); to ZZ Talk (with a pair of Z's)--not to be confused with the bearded ones. There are numerous...
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This is Classic RAIN #16, hosted by Will Rogers/K5WLR. Due to some glitches with a new install of Windows 10, we missed the February 29, Leap Year Classic RAIN and those for March as well. We apologize for the missing ham casts. For the newcomers among you the mid to late 1980s were a turbulent time for ham radio, especially for 220 MHz enthusiasts. In the late 80s RAIN's Founder, Hap Holly/KC9RP, helped facilitate a National Teleconference Radio Net to promote the value of the 220 MHz ham band...
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This is Classic RAIN, hosted by Will Rogers/K5WLR. Once these episodes are uploaded to the Classic RAIN archive on therainreport.com. They'll remain on the opening screen until the next upload, scheduled for Labor day weekend. Here in CLASSICRAIN2 we're going to travel back to Feb., 1989, a time when the so-called WARC bands (30, 17 and 12 meters) were on the verge of becoming new HF spectrum to the U.S. Amateur Radio Service. If you were licensed then, you may recall your anticipation of...
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This is ClassicRAIN#30, posted Dec. 13, 2020;Westlink, better known today as the Amateur Radio Newsline, was in financial quicksand in 1985. Its Co-Founder was Bill Pasternak/WA6ITF in 1977. Eight years later RAIN Founder, Hap Holly/KC9RP, recorded his first interview with Bill, who was one of his mentors. In this Classic RAIN hamcast we'll excerpt some audio from that conversation with Bill. [1985 19M] Westlink was renamed the Amateur Radio Newsline in the late '80s. Bill wrote all the scripts...
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This is the RAIN hamcast #55, posted 11-27-2021 on therainreport.com and on the YouTube RAIN Report channel (see link on therainreport.com’s main menu; introduced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. By now you may have checked out and maybe even spent time answering the 250 questions that comprise the Ham Census, (hamcensus.com. The Maryland ham behind this ambitious survey is Jim Alyanak/K3MRI. Borrowing from his QRZ bio Jim was (among other things) the founding President of the Forum for the Analysis of...
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This is RAIN hamcast #50, voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR, and posted 09-18-2021 on therainreport.com and on the YouTube RAIN Report channel (see link on therainreport.com’s main menu.) Chances are you either are...or were a scanner listener, perhaps more then than now. So what has happened to the art of scanning? and what has happened to scanners in recent years? We'll delve into the answers in Scanners - Then and Now here in RAIN Hamcast #50 and #51 with Rich Carlson/N9JIG, a longtime scanner...
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This is RAIN Classic hamcast #43, posted June 12, 2021 on therainreport.com. This week we conclude our 2nd excerpt from the February, 2020 QSOToday podcast interview with Janis Carson/AB2RA, a licensed ham since 1959. She is known for her repair and restoration of older tube-type ham radio gear, which she documents on her Wireless-Girl.com website. Janis is a frequent contributor to Electric Radio magazine. As if this weren't enough, Janis Carson is also a politically active advocate for the...
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You’ve tuned into RAIN hamcast #51, posted 10-02-2021 on therainreport.com and on the YouTube RAIN Report channel (see link on therainreport.com’s main menu. This is a continuation of a two-part look at scanners, then and now, a conversation between RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP, and Rich Carlson/N9JIG, a longtime scanner user and currently the Customer Support manager for Scanner Master. Rich is retired from a suburban Chicago police department where he was the commander of the 9-1-1...
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[The running times for RAIN Hamcast Podcast #63 is 16M31S with an ID break after 08M51S. There is an 8-second pause for timer resets at 2.50, 5.52, 11.46 and 14.40.] This is RAIN Hamcast Podcast #63: Blind Software Engineer Makes Waves Worldwide [Part 2] posted 05-19-22 , voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. Joe Stephen/VK7JS is a blind software engineer who resides on the island of Tasmania, located some 220 miles south of mainland Australia. Today he lives on a 250-acre farm with his wife and four...
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This is the RAIN hamcast #52, posted 10-16-2021 on therainreport.com and on the YouTube RAIN Report channel (see link on therainreport.com’s main menu. Coffee! For millions of Americans coffee is what makes their worlds go 'round...minus the grounds of course. Speaking of grounds for the next two hamcasts we're digging into RF grounding, something EVERY ham needs to take seriously, especially if you're in an area proned to frequent lightning. RAIN's Hap Holly/KC9RP recently spoke with Jim...
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400 and Counting - Eric Guth/4Z1UG This is the RAIN Hamcast Podcast #74, posted 08-20-2022. Voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. [The running time for this RAIN Hamcast Podcast is 18M17S with a station ID break at 9M12S. There are 10-second breaks to reset Echo Link and All Star timers at 2-51, 5-57, 9-12, 12-19, and 15-29.] Just who is Eric Guth? Eric grew up in Southern California. Today he resides in Israel. Eric recently released QSO Today podcast 400 in which the shoe was on the other foot. Today...
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N4KC's Top Five Get-It-on-the-Air Quick Antennas Part 2 This is the RAIN Hamcast Podcast #77, posted 10-15-22. Voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. [The running time for this RAIN Hamcast Podcast is 20M32S with an ID break at 10M01S and timer resets about every three minutes.] There are any number of HF antennas you could erect as a new ham with a general license under your proverbial belt. Alabama ham Don Keith, N4KC is a prolific writer with 25 books to his credit. At the August, 2021 QSO Today...
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This is Classic RAIN Hamcast #35, posted Feb. 20, 2021; voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. Going to your neighborhood or state park has a whole new meaning nowadays thanks to POTA, (Poe-ta) the Parks on the Air program. During Winterfest Virtual Hamfest 2021, sponsored by The St Louis and Suburban Radio Club (SLSRC), one of the seven forum speakers was Matt Heere/N3NWV. Matt handles audio/video creations and public relations for the POTA program. He's been a licensed ham operator since 1993. Today...
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This is RH#58, posted January 8, 2022. Holding a technician class ham license can be a frustrating experience locating accurate resources for learning what you CAN and can't do. Anthony Luscre/K8ZT is One midwestern ham who has endeavored to provide instructional materials targeting the new and hungry ham on one website, ZTLearn. Anthony has retired from his career in providing computer instruction for teachers and students. For the next two RAIN Hamcasts we will bring you excerpts from a...
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This is RAIN Hamcast Podcast #76, posted October 1st, 2022; Introduced by Will Rogers, K5WLR. [The running time for this RAIN Hamcast Podcast is 19M32S with a station ID break at 9M42S. There are 5-second breaks to reset Echo Link and All-Star timers about every three minutes. Did you put up an outdoor HF antenna soon after you received your first ham callsign? A surprising number of hams still haven't. Don Keith, N4KC, author of more than 25 books, has discovered this in recent years. As a...
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[The total running times for this RAIN Hamcast Podcast is 17M25S/08M42S. EchoLink and AllStar nodes are: at 02M52S, 05M58S, 11M:41S, and 14M49S. This is RAIN Hamcast podcast #65 posted 04-16-22, voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. Do you remember the first time you recorded an interviewed with an important person, only to learn later your carefully crafted interview didn't record? That happened some years back to Hap Holly/KC9RP when he first recorded...or rather thought he had...with Dave Sumner,...
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This is RAIN Classic hamcast #44, posted June 26, 2021 on therainreport.com; voiced by Will Rogers/K5WLR. As we slog our way through solar cycle 25, Is HF ham band propigation improving ? Well, one posetive indicator is the ten meter FM repeater sub-band. Some of you Are no doubt wondering "Ten meter repeaters?" There are ten repeater pairs spaced 10 kHZ apart from 29.610 to 29.700 mHZ. The input for each pair is 100 kHZ down. If you have ever seen a set of 2-meter repeater duplexers,...
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